Friday, March 4, 2011
The Latest Food Fad! WHAT THE TRUCK???????
Food Trucks! That's right, Food Trucks! It's the latest gastronomic craze. It has really taken off in L.A., and the craze is growing in popularity here in Miami. For most of my life the only food I have ever eaten off a truck has been at the fair, or at the roach coaches that used to be prevalent in industrial areas. For the most part, my limited experience taught me that food out of a rolling kitchen was rarely any good. Well, the times they are a changin. Not only is the food being produced in many of these trucks noteworthy, in some cases genuine gourmet experiences can be had.
I remember months ago, watching The Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network. It was a show where various food trucks from around the country were competing in different challenges until there was one left standing. I recall thinking this food truck thing might be kind of cool. Time passed, and I didn't think that much about it. Then a couple months ago, my best friend Amado and I were talking, and he told me he had been following these food trucks on Twitter. They would Tweet where in Miami they would be situated from day to day. So, being the bandwagon jumper that I am, I decided to start following these trucks on Twitter as well. I was initially disappointed to see that most of their stops were toward the northern end of town. I live in Kendall, which is almost as far south as you can get in Miami. I figured, Meh, I'm certainly not driving all over creation to eat from a truck. Well, wouldn't you know it? They have started migrating south. When I checked my Twitter account yesterday, I saw that 4 trucks would be making a dinner stop one block from where I live. So I took it as a sign from above, and decided it was time to see what all the fuss was about.
I happen to be off on Wednesdays, so I spent most of the day anticipating a yummy dinner. I call my better half Rosa, and I tell her not to eat. I have a surprise for dinner. She gets home and asked me what I have cooked. Cooked? No sweetie, we will be stepping out this evening. I'm wearing my shorts and flip flops as we walk out the front door. We walk past our cars parked in the lot, and exit our complex to the side walk. At this point, Rosa is looking at me like I am some kind of freak. She demands to know where the hell we are going. I told her, "We are going one block to the parking lot of the big car wash. Just trust me." About two minutes later when we arrived, shes sees the people queuing up to the trucks, smacks me on the arm, and starts laughing.
I can see why this fad is taking off and may be here to stay. It provides people with limited disposable income the opportunity to eat out with friends and family at a fraction of the cost of going to a sit down restaurant.
Now..................on to the food!
Well, there you have it. My humble opinion on the latest culinary craze. Are food trucks a fad? Will they stay popular, and stand the test of time? Who knows? For the time being, I plan on sampling more of them and bringing the results to you. Good eats + Cheap = Happy John. Until next time, may all your meals be FOODGASMIC.